This series will feature photos from my 2017 backlog of unprocessed prospects. This first composition was taken in Winston-Salem looking back across Sixth Street to the old RJR Bailey Power Plant. It’s now part of my Winston-Salem Cityscapes Gallery.
A few weeks ago, I visited Bailey Park and the old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem. As part of the renovation effort in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the plant is being converted into retail space. With much of the exterior work complete on the northern end of the property, the grounds are now open to walk around. The image below, of the southern side of the property, was captured at sunset.
The cirrus clouds and jet contrails contributed to the dramatic skyscapes in both compositions. Looking back towards the old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco building from Bailey Park, I captured the image below. The post and images also represent the decline of the tobacco industry as a significant regional economic driver.
Last Saturday I shot some bracketed exposures during sunset at Salem Cemetery in the Old Salem district of Winston-Salem. My intent was to perform some HDR tests with a trial version of Aurora HDR 2018. I ended up with a composite of Aurora, Lightroom and Photoshop manipulations. Aurora looks like it could complement my workflow; I hope to do some more testing before my trial expires.
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Greetings! Here are the rest of my street photography favorites referenced in my previous Gallery Hop post. Click on an image to see the high resolution version from my portfolio site. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks to philanthropy from former local titans of tobacco and textile industries, Winston-Salem has become known as the City of the Arts. A thriving Arts Council, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECA), Sawtooth Gallery and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are some of the best know art entities in the city. One of the many facets of community art in the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop.
The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA) is a non-profit community organization of visual and performing artisans, businesses, galleries and residents. Centered in an area of urban renewal along Liberty, Sixth and N. Trade Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the area includes a variety of artist studios, galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, bars and residencies.
Back in June, I was fortunate to be able to purchase a Profoto B2 Location Kit and accessories. The July 7th Gallery Hop was my first opportunity to try new kit on the street. The lightweight DC battery pack hung nicely on my hip, I held the 250W strobe head with a 2’ octa softbox on a boom pole in my left hand.
The early evening setting sun provided a nice back light on my initial shots, but quickly set behind the buildings. I used the Profoto’s high speed sync (HSS) to shoot the initial batch around 1/320 sec at ISO 500. The Nikon wireless TTL transmitter and camera made exposure almost effortless, allowing me to concentrate more on the subjects. I wave very pleased with the results and look forward to my next opportunity to shoot in the street!
I was also able to hangout with my Margaret Webster-Shapiro, a fellow member of the the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (AAWS), and my good friend and photographer Owens Daniels. Owens, also a member of AAWS, was displaying several of his pieces at the Artworks Gallery.
Thanks for stopping by! I have a few more pictures from the Gallery Hop to post later in the week.
This series features additional downtown Winston-Salem cityscape compositions. I like the label ‘cityscape’, it suggests a mash-up of street, architectural and urban landscape photography. I hope to have the next post in this series completed later this weekend.
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This composition has been on my to-do list for quite a while. I find it an interesting architectural abstract and street scene. There is actually a 5th bridge which is hidden behind the two far bridges in the lower left. Perhaps I should change the title to 5 Bridges on 5th Street Scene.
In United States, today’s holiday reminds us of our obligation to remember the countless men and women who died to protect their fellow man and maintain our precious democratic freedoms. Democracy is not easy, it requires compromise! The recent mood of absolutism, and rejection of government/public institutions dishonors those who have sacrificed so much to protect them.
Everyday should be Memorial Day!
Last week I had dinner in downtown Winston-Salem with my photographer friend Owens Daniels. Afterwards, we both grabbed our camera and set out on a local street photography expedition. I had so much fun. We met some nice folks, found some great scenes and Owens shared many of his proven street photography tips.
- I must do more street photography.
- Shoot with a photographer friend. We grow through shared experience.
- Learn how to see without thinking. I’m reading a good book on this now – “Opening the Good Eye”.
- Develop your own style.
- Don’t be afraid of high ISO! My D750 higher ISO settings look great, Lightroom does a great job of minimizing noise, and I usually add film grain to the composition in my workflow.
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The Salem Cemetery was originated by the Moravian Church in the 1770s. Currently over 40 acres in size, its rolling hills create a unique resting place for over 6000 souls. After work last Thursday, I visited as late afternoon was transitioning into sunset. The long shadows and dramatic lighting offered several photographic opportunities.
Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Easter.